FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (April 14)

Did you know that the federal government accepts "was busy reading TV.com's 'FTW vs. WTF' story" as a legal reason for filing your taxes late? It's totally true*, so put your $300 worth of Fudgcicle receipts back in that shoebox, pick up that remote control, and settle in for another edition of the things that made us drool and things that weren't so cool in the week of television. 

* Technically this is only true if you have a working time machine or are a Republican presidential candidate.


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The Simpsons breaks bad in a new couch gag

Marge cooks up a mean batch of addictive blue cupcakes in this ultimate honor for the AMC drama, which is scheduled to air tonight in place of the regular couch gag. We can only assume Ned Flanders would be the proprietor of Pollos Diddlyos Hermanos.



The special effects reel from the The Walking Dead's third season

Okay, it's really just an excuse to watch some of the season's best zombie kills all over again.

 


More awesome Walking Dead DVD packaging

Another Walking Dead entry that isn't actually about the show (that finale still stinks!): Check out this box for the Season 3 Blu-ray set, modeled after The Governor's fish tanks. 



FearNet adopts the late, great Reaper

The niche cable channel will air both seasons of the CW series starring Brett Harrison as a lackey for Satan and Tyler Labine as a very Tyler Labine-ish buddy sidekick starting June 4, AND they've planned a mini-reunion special with Harrison, Labine, and the devil himself, Ray wise.



Ron Swanson goes to the doctor

His answers to Anne's questions about his medical history—and later his struggles to eat a banana—were highlights of this week's Parks and Rec. Another FTW: Leslie and April's search for a new Director of Animal Control, mostly for the awkward interviews they had to stuffer through. Good to see you again, Orrin!


Archer's watery finale


Despite an at-times lackluster season, Thursday's Season 4 finale delivered the goods. A deranged (but incredibly well-paid) Captain Murphy was killed by an off-brand soda machine that he himself had just restocked (oh the cruel irony!), and Jon Hamm was pitch-perfect for the part. Best of all, those hijinks were hysterical even without a working knowledge of Sealab 2021, another show created by Adam Reed. Oh, and did we mention that Lana's preggers, and the baby's not Cyril's? That should make for some very entertaining espionage silliness. Also: We really hope that Krieger can repair Ray's legs.



Flowers of Evil embraces decay, even in its animation


The anime Flowers of Evil (based on the manga of the same name) premiered this week, and in a controversial move, it eschewed more standard forms of animation for a rotoscoping process that often looks half-finished. But the rotoscoping fed into the sense of rural city decay (there were ruined signs and untended plants all over the place), as if the characters themselves were slowly slipping away. The animation will likely end up feeling even more fitting as the story kicks into gear, and as questions about identity, fetishes, love, and lust enter the narrative. (Psst! If you're interested, you can stream the show Crunchyroll.)



Shameless clears the decks


The Season 3 finale left a lot of grief in its wake, but it smartly wrote off a number of stagnant relationships and characters. By the time the credits rolled, Jimmy was most likely dead and Lip's long-time romantic interest Karen was brain-damaged and being shipped off to Arizona to recover with her sex-addicted former husband and special-needs child. Mickey and Mandy Milkovich were left in limbo as Ian headed to the military (illegally) and Lip pondered a future at MIT. And Frank got word that his lifetime of drinking and drugging just may be on the verge of killing him. But while all of that may sound crazy, the episode actually set up a world of possibilities for the fourth season of one of television's most unique shows, one that can balance dark comedy and tragedy with ease.



Hannibal's opening sequence

For a show about murder, Hannibal sure is good-looking, and the opening sequence, which debuted with Episode 2, is perfectly paired. Just like liver and chianti!



Glee stages a school shooting, doesn't completely f*ck it up

"Shooting Star" wasn't without its faults. But the the lockdown scenes were terrifying, emotional, and surprisingly well-done.



Boss Peggy!!!

Mad Men is back! And thankfully, the Season 6 premiere quashed any outstanding concerns that we might not see much of Miss Olsen now that she's no longer part of SCDP. We're definitely looking forward to seeing more of the Lady Don Draper in action at Cutler, Gleason & Chaough. 



Community's puppet episode gives us all the felts


Even during the Harmon era, a puppet episode of Community would have seemed, on paper, a little too precious. Yet, despite Season 4's struggles, "Intro to Felt Surrogacy" suggested that the reconfigured creative team is starting to figure out how to make a pretty solid version of the show. The episode fully committed to a Muppets style, complete with whimsy, songs that walked the line between catchy and cheesy, and a random, quick guest appearance. Plus, it was funny!



Lindsay Lohan's appearance on Late Night

Yeah yeah, Lindsay Lohan is frequently the worst. And David Letterman isn't exactly known for his warmth. But somehow the combination resulted in a pretty honest, genuine interview, and she handled his questions about rehab with a lot more poise and humor than we ever could've expected.



Nathan For You's Claw of Shame


There's funny, and then there's exhilarating, intelligent, and profoundly silly, and Nathan Fielder's slam-dunk of a stunt episode, "The Claw of Shame," boasted all three of those qualities. In an effort to prove how willing the normally reckless small business adviser was to put himself at risk, the episode centered on an elaborate, ludicrous escape: If Fielder failed to make his way out of handcuffs in under 90 seconds, a robotic claw would pull his pants down in front of a crowd of children, officially making him a registered sex offender. On hand were a police officer and judge to ensure this happened. It was perfectly executed jaw-dropping comedy, and explored television's absurd sensationalism in a wholly entertaining fashion.



Spartacus meets the gods proudly


After three seasons and one miniseries, Spartacus passed on to the afterlife in triumphant fashion. “Victory” was an exhilarating, moving coda to a series that’s always worn its emotions boldly on its sleeve. Yes, it trafficked in operatic violence and copious sexuality, but it also wrangled with philosophical themes of freedom, justice, love, death, and power that are as relevant today as they were in 71 B.C. When more and more people discover this show on home video in years to come, they can look forward to a satisfying run all the way through the very last moment.



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Ready for Love leaves us ready to barf

Eva Longoria's new dating show was even worse than we thought it would be! And the hot stud showcased, a Plain White Ts band member, was about as into it as we were.



Why oh why is there a show called Bet On Your Baby?

ABC has apparently decided to get a jump on the absurd game shows that the broadcast networks trot out during the summer. Parents bet on whether or not their kiddo (who is more of a toddler than a baby) can complete some sort of task, like spinning in circles or stacking cookies without eating them (like an adult would be capable of that, let alone a child!) in the BABY DOME, in hopes of winning scholarship money for the tyke. It'd be cute and/or exploitative if it weren't so weirdly boring at times. We hope the prize money will be adjusted for 20 years worth of skyrocketing college tuition and fees.



Aidan mind-roofies Kat on Being Human


Sure, it's really inconvenient when your girlfriend stumbles upon the rotting corpse of your roommate just as your relationship is starting to take off... but getting your vampire frenemy to wipe her memory so you can keep having boring human sex is kind of skeevy.



Revolution can't handcuff anyone

Not only does the electricity not work in the NBC action-adventure show, but chains, handcuffs, zip-ties, ropes, knots, those plastic six-pack holders, blindfolds that become kinky wrist restraints, super glue, and anything else that could possibly be used to restrain someone are all useless, as evidenced by the many escape artists we've so far. The latest Houdini to free himself was Tom Neville, who used a giant screw to break his binds.


What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week?

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Apr 16, 2013
FTW: The Legit season finale, particularly the juxtaposition of the pregnant woman's water breaking with the breaking of the pinata; Archer selflessly putting his life at risk for Lana when he found out she was pregnant. WTF: CBS exploiting felon and "recovering" addict Lindsay Lohan to promote her interview with David Letterman. My reaction to the statement "She's the woman everyone's talking about"? "Who's everybody" and "No I'm not." At least Robert Downey, Jr. didn't try to blame his presence in a speeding car on "the black guys." Just let me know when Lohan turns up dead or finally turns her life around; until then, I don't care about her; The season finale of Archer. Season three ended with Archer in space. Season four ended with Archer underwater. Big deal. Nothing about Archer's ex-girlfriend running the KGB and attacking ISIS a couple of times or Krieger trying to sell plutonium. In terms of laughs, except for some of the things Jon Hamm's character said as he was dying, this episode was lackluster (compared to both the Legit finale, which immediately followed, and the rest of Archer's season).
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Apr 16, 2013
What is this about Reaper? Is it just a a re-run or will there be something new?
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Apr 16, 2013
it just says reairing both seasons. that show was great & his love interest was fine!
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Apr 16, 2013
FTW Shameless, the finale was breathtaking. They always manage to make me laugh, cringe and cry.
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Apr 15, 2013
Ron Swanson is a BOSS.
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Apr 15, 2013
true dat
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Apr 15, 2013
The bit on "Being Human" wasn't THAT bad. He freaked out at the Vamp-chick to stay on task when she started to try manipulating Kat's feelings for Aiden: he only wanted the dead body memory gone. So for that, I give him props. Though... did they shag again after the mind-wipe? I missed a few minutes. If so, then... ew

The point was to get them out of trouble. Face it, with the vamps' infrastructure messed up, the police aren't going to buy any supernatural excuses. The only real alternative would be to "out" himself, Josh, Nora, and Sally as supernatural creatures which has the potential for going sideways and getting her into even mroe trouble.

Though, it would have shown more class had he broken up with her after/during the mind-wipe. But, you're talking about a vampire that in the past would probably kill the women he was with so this is still probably baby-steps.

So, mixed feelings on this one. If they banged (or even snogged) right after the mind-wipe then shame-on-Aiden. If he just left the building after a short chat then I don't know.
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Apr 15, 2013
Spartacus series finale FTW - You will not see a single better hour of television anywhere else this year. It was how you are supposed to do a series finale - as opposed to that crap that "Fringe" threw together in January.
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Apr 15, 2013
FTW: Wonderfalls reference on Hannibal. Nicely done. Ron Swanson was great as usual.
WTF: The Office tranquilizing Stanley.
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Apr 15, 2013
FTW: definitely the latest Parks and Recreation.
WTF: the MTV Movie Awards. It was awkward for everybody involved.
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Apr 15, 2013
FTW: The Glee school shooting episode was one of my favourite TV episodes this year. Fantastically done. Those "final messages" from the kids set to John Mayer's "Say" has gotten me choked up three times now.
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Apr 15, 2013
FTW: Shameless season finale and Hannibal
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Apr 15, 2013
FTW: Dallas - John Ross and Pamela's surprise wedding in Vegas.
FTW: Everything about Orphan Black.
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Apr 15, 2013
That Dallas one is definitely FTW! Love it!
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Apr 15, 2013
FTW: The Americans
WTF: There is a "Justified" sized hole in my life
Hiatuses are the freaking worst!!
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Apr 15, 2013
The Walking Dead extras were awesome. Ty for bringing my attention to those!

But as for the Being Human WTF... Doesn't something like that happen on Vampire Diaries on a weekly basis? Why is it suddenly so bad when it happens on Being Human? I watch neither, but I tried out both shows at one time, so I know the basic premise, so I figure I must be missing something?
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Apr 15, 2013
I would have put Shameless in the FTW moments not just because it "clears the decks" (questionable and premature conclusion anyway), but because it had a hell of a season finale!
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Apr 15, 2013
FTW:
- SouthLAnd. Best stuff on the teevee (mostly because it has more than three shows a year).
- Sheldon disciplining Amy on TBBT
- Ron on Parks and Rec. "What is cholesterol?" I don't like this show, but I love this guy.
- Lana Pregnant on Archer. It has to be his. It just has to.
- Ray losing his legs again on Archer. It sucks, but it was damn funny. He'll get them back.
- The Epic WWE crowd singing Fandango's theme song. And pretty much everything else they did this week. Gonna be hard to top. Also, Fandango wheezing his name after his epic beatdown by Jericho. One of the best comedies on television.
- The Americans, for keeping stupid to a minimum.

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- Jon Hamm's character on Archer dying the same way Oliphant's character did...without anyone mentioning it. Were we not supposed to remember that?
- Mad Men. Hippies, sideburns...Campbell with sideburns, and outside of that, it was possibly the most boring episode they've ever produced. At least the very first episode was establishing their pace. I hope the first episode of this season didn't just do that.
- Obama, for thinking Jay-Z wouldn't namedrop. Really...?
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Apr 15, 2013
As for Archer: Lana mumbled that it was a donation right before they were about to swim off (or during the swim). So perhaps she went to a clinic?

Though, even if a clinic... I'd say there's a semi-decent chance it's still Archer's. I doubt he's above donating for money.
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Apr 15, 2013
Yeah, I know she said it was a donor, but it could've been a drunk Archer in Morocco.

Kazak could be the Godfather. That'd be a huge win-win for me.
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Apr 15, 2013
Sheldon disciplining Amy was a re-run.

Typically, re-runs are excluded from FTW/WTF unless it's talking about the fact that there was a marathon or the news of Station "X" reviving a show via syndication.
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Apr 15, 2013
Ah, you're right. I hadn't watched TBBT in a while (DVR'd), and I only had it on because I couldn't sit through Community. Just *had* to be the puppet episode...with singing. So yeah, reruns don't count.
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Apr 16, 2013
If you haven't seen it, it's new to you (to quote NBC in happier times). How is a rerun any less legitimate than the staff citing a "roamer kill" reel or the packaging on a DVD box set?
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Apr 17, 2013
I remember those ads NBC was doing, mostly my gram saying "These guys are full of it!"

But nah, it's better to stick to events that actually happened for the first time this week, with Sundays being a little fuzzy. Otherwise everything would be fair game. I don't know when that DVD set came out, and I don't care about that show at all anymore...but it's a nice-looking set that I'll never buy. If it came out this week, it was a nice find.

And the kill reel, ehh. I guess if that just came out last week...*some*one might find it useful.
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Apr 15, 2013
1 Jimmy isn't dead on Shameless

2 how did you not mention the season ending of Cougar Town, they are just having a blast over there, while still trying to keep the characters and stories interesting. And Riggs needs to be a regular, or at least as regular as Tom. (okay maybe not AS regular as Tom, he rocks, but still).

3 I love this website, always someone here who watches the shows I watch. Is that true for everyone or does everything really revolve around me???
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Apr 15, 2013
You are not imagining things, everything does in fact revolve around you. All of us here are members on this site because of you.

And it just happens that I watch both Shameless and Cougar Town. I don't think Jimmy is dead either. If he had died, they would have shown it. I'm also happy that Cougar Town got another season. That show is just doing its own thing.
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Apr 15, 2013
Thank you all who made sure to mention Southland. This is one of those shows that I watch where I'm pretty much the only one I know who watches. I have seen it from the beginning, when NBC had it, and it's just gotten better and better. Love having it on TNT where sensorship is bit more lax.
A powerful, moving episode with more than one Holy S@*T!! moment. Had to stop and take a few minutes after this one. Wonderfully and truthfully acted - this show just doesn't get enough credit. God bless LAPD.
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Apr 16, 2013
while every episode of SouthLAnd is a FTW, this last one was above and beyond. One of the most intense and nerve wracking episodes of any series ever. Amazingly well done!
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Apr 15, 2013
any idea if it was renewed?
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Apr 15, 2013
FTW, Southland. That was Ana amazing episode that had me questioning all the way through if one of the characters was oing omsurvive or not. And the downward spiral of Sherman and what may result from it is goin to be great.
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Apr 15, 2013
Come on guys! School shooting.. One Tree Hill has done it and i don't any other teen show could ever exceed the greatness of that episode.. if you didn't watch it, believe me.. you should!
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Apr 15, 2013
Obviously the One Tree Hill episode is in a league of its own and it is the bar that any other episode should be compared to so I don't protest the comparisons but I still think the Glee episode was great on its own. I like that they did it in a completely different way and took on a whole new point of view. It was a way of doing it while keeping it fresh.
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Apr 15, 2013
I think Glee has a broader appeal than One Tree Hill as evidenced by my watching Glee but not the other. Also AHS did it prior to Glee too, so it's probably safe to say Ryan Murphy had already tested the waters. And did so in a potentially far more controversial way too.
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Apr 15, 2013
Degrassi: The Next Generation, season 4 (back in 2004) "Time Stands Still" is one of the absolute best...period.
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Apr 15, 2013
Buffy the Vampire Slayer's "Earshot," with the almost school shooting that didn't happen, is easily more powerful and far better written than either of these examples.
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Apr 15, 2013
Having seen all of the above episodes (as well as the Degrassi one) I can say that in my opinion, it's not even close.
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Apr 15, 2013
One again.... FTW: Orphan Black *Tatiana Maslany*
FTW: Spartacus
FTW: Archer and Legit
FTW: The Americans
FTW: Happy Endings (still gold even though it will be gone soon)
FTW: Parks and Rec (If they made a spin-off show that only had Ron Swanson eating and doing wood-work, I would watch it every day)
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Apr 15, 2013
I forgot to mention the live crowd that attended RAW this week. i usually fast fwd thru it, but the crowd were hysterical. They just turned on the wrestlers at some point and started doing their own thing - random chants, mexican wave and humming Fandango's theme tune ( a cheesy ballroom music type tune ) - it was the most entertaining live crowd i have seen, better crowd than any concert, stand up or any live event i have seen
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Apr 15, 2013
WTF/FTW - if it's already been said, I apologies for bring it back up, but how does the Veronica Mars Movie/Kickstarter campaign not make either list?

*and when the Movie does come out, can we get a special guest review from Price?
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Apr 15, 2013
Price wasn't exactly the diehard VM shipper people wanted him to be. He didn't like Logan/Veronica (not a problem for me since neither do I) and was constantly offended by their handling of homosexuality and rape. I feel like VM fans wouldn't really appreciate a review from him.
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Apr 15, 2013
Secretly hoping one of the donor-titled characters is named after him.
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Apr 19, 2013
@Montana_Katana - EXACTLY!!

@BrookeBsBaby - I'm a VM "kickstarter" but no matter Price's hated/respect of VM, his honesty was there and is exactly why I so want to hear something from him [fb, twtr, I'm not a subscriber.] once the movie comes out!
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Apr 15, 2013
I gotta say I'm tired of TV.com bashing the finale of The Walking Dead just because they got their hopes up and tried to get their reader's hopes up for a War between the two groups.

Get. Over. It.

You wanted something that was out-of-place for Rick's Group's mentality and not even thinking about how they collectively dislike killing. Andrea the Dumb*** is dead and Rick's group fended off an attack without killing a single person. Victory in all sense of a finale for The Walking Dead.

Stop blaming the finale because you let your expectations for something unrealistic run wild.

FYI, I am referring to this sentence: "Another Walking Dead entry that isn't actually about the show (that finale still stinks!)"
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Apr 15, 2013
Add me to the Agree w/JMC31488/loved the finale crowd. As I have said elsewhere, my only quibble was Andrea's time management (but I don't hate Andrea like most people do...er, did). I loved how, once Rick decided that it wasn't a dictatorship, but a team, they started to WORK as a team. FTW indeed!
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Apr 15, 2013
Completely agree. I LOVED the finale. I thought it was ripe with tension and good storytelling. I LIKED that they defended their homestead. I didn't mind that there wasn't a "war". I think that the way they portrayed the Gov snapping (holy cow you could SEE it) was superb. I generally like what the reviewer has to asy, but I think you are right - they had tunnel vision on this one.
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Apr 15, 2013
You know, I totally agree. I wasn't looking forward to an entire hour of shooting and killing. I was quite glad in went in another direction, and I really thought the episode was quite good.
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Apr 15, 2013
Expectations? Oh, don't even go there. What an audacious and bogus argument. All season long they built up this "war" (Rick's own word!) between the prison and Woodbury and it amounted to nothing more than a couple of misfires as the baddies ran off. The "war" came and went in the span of, what, five minutes? It was a complete anticlimax. A loooooot of people hated it, and for good reason. Get. Over. It.
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Apr 15, 2013
I never felt a War from the show. Yes, Rick used the word, but did you ever pay attention to the other characters? They always tried to back away from it, but they gave up their freedom on it when Rick took control. They never wanted it. There was more hype about a War coming from the TV.com writers than TWD writers.

You're "misfires" were purposely aimed to not hit anybody. They would have been shooting fish in a barrel like that. They purposely didn't want to kill anybody, but gunfire will scare the crap out of untrained people like that. Merle took out most of their trained people on his attack and Daryl was able to relay that info back to the group. Thus, breeding the idea of just scaring them. Was no "misfires" to that. Clearly you missed the entire idea of the episode because you just wanted a War.

And for your "a looooooot of people hated it" comment. Too many people just want to see zombies getting bashed (or other people getting eaten) and don't give a crap about anything else. So, they whine about everything. Character and story development are more important than killing some zombies. This isn't about the zombie apocalypse happening. Rick slept through that. This is about surviving after the world went to hell.

If you still feel they were supposed to have a War, then you are with the above mentioned people and your opinion is your own. I don't have to respect such a narrow-minded opinion, but I respect that you have made one.
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Apr 15, 2013
WTF-Mad Men's snooze-fest of a season premiere.
FTW-Southland's entire episode was the best of the season.
FTW-The Americans had a beautiful episode, that said goodbye to the show's main love triangle.
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Apr 15, 2013
i saw that on the schedule and was going to mention it, but u already did. great minds think alike.
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Apr 15, 2013
FTW: Fringe on the science channel all weekend :)
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Apr 14, 2013
I totally agree with your praise of Parks & Rec & Community. It's good to have Thursday night TV back.
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Apr 15, 2013
This coming Thursday night shall be Even. Better.
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Apr 14, 2013
WTF - The Glee school shooting episode was really inappropriate. Especially the title: 'Shooting Star'
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Apr 14, 2013
I could watch Ron Swanson try to eat fruits and vegetables all year. They can even do that all of next season and I will still find it hilarious.
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Apr 15, 2013
There are these videos on-line of babies tasting lemon for the first time. I would like Ron to do a video like that.
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Apr 14, 2013
FTW--Southland..one of the most horrifying hours of tv I've ever seen. John Cooper (character) was superb, it was hard to watch. Waaaaay better than the schmaltz of teen drama on Glee. The Southland ep. was truly terrifying and a police friend of mine says it is the most realistic police drama on tv.
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Apr 14, 2013
only ONE episode FTW this week. the incredible absolutely fascinating Spartacus final
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Apr 14, 2013
It would of been great if they only had one FTW and it was Spartacus!!!

However, I do think Archer, Orphan Black, Legit, Parks & Rec and Southland were FTW.

For more obscure FTW moments I'd include Cat Zingano's defeat of Miesha Tate and the battle between Uriah Hall & Kelvin Gastelum (MMA references)
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Apr 14, 2013
FTW-
SPARTACUS - the perfect finale
Southland - awesome episode
Psych - the last 5 mins were great
Saul's spin off show news

WTF-
How over rated Community's puppet episode was - the songs were weak compared to any songs on Southpark, the jokes were a bit soft and the confessions really anti climatic

tv.com putting 2 items on the FTW about TWD - 1 is a dvd cover and the other is dvd extra's (I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW WHO RECOMMENDED WHAT FROM THE TV.COM STAFF)

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Apr 14, 2013
maybe the one that got the free samples?
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Apr 14, 2013
why is Community on FTW? that was the WTFest moment of the week. musical and puppets filler just for more attention? no thanks.
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Apr 15, 2013
No way. I actually agree with the Community ranked as FTW. The episode had genuine laughs and emotional depth that's been lacking in most of Season 4. It was refreshing for the show to pull off both of these feats while using something as ludacris as Puppets for 75% of the episode. It was well done.
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Apr 14, 2013
I'm with you but the only opinion that counted was Cory's.
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Apr 14, 2013
FTW: What was very possibly Southland's best episode ever. A shocking, brutal, intense and truly memorable hour of TV. I really can't see how this didn't make the official list.

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FTW: All the many Sealab 2021 references on Archer:

Obviously, the lab itself was named Sealab.

Captain Murphy was drawn in the exact same way as the original Captain Murphy.

Having an off-brand soda machine kill him was a pure tribute to the Sealab episode in which Murphy spent the entire show trapped under a soda machine filled with jazz-themed drinks.

But best of all was the name on said soda machine: GOZ, a nice remembrance for the late, great Harry Goz, who voiced the original Captain Murphy until his untimely death.
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Apr 15, 2013
Yeh, I was expecting to see a scorpion... or perhaps have the machine malfunction and knock one of his teeth out.

It's been a while, were the rooms they cycled through also from the old show? Like the hydroponics room and such? And did the control room look like the old one?
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Apr 14, 2013
so true--> "FTW: What was very possibly Southland's best episode ever. A shocking, brutal, intense and truly memorable hour of TV. I really can't see how this didn't make the official list."

Instead they put product placement/merchandise here instead (for a show that wasn't on this week)
Glee over Southland? WTF
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Apr 14, 2013
FTW:
-The Americans. I'm sad to see Gregory go. Truly sad, but it was so beautifully done and such a captivating episode, from him giving himself up to save the KGB (I can't believe I'm saying that). Gregory was a fantastic character. A truly fantastic character. It's a mark of brilliant writing when I found myself mourning for him and sweet Vlad, through Nina's memories of him. Beeman has gotten so much darker and while it's turned me off a bit from liking him, I can't deny it isn't intriguing to watch. Phillip and Elizabeth are so distant, and the kid's are picking sides, sort of, but they still work together wonderfully.
-Bates Motel. Dylan is easily becoming my favorite character. I loved him looking out for Norman the way that he was.
-Nashville. Supportive boyfriends, past boyfriends on one spectrum and skeevy ex hubbies and opportunistic former addict sober companions on another. Interesting episode.
-NCIS.
-Being Human. Best season yet. That's for sure.
WTF:
-The Following. It's mostly just for fun that I keep putting this show here because it's just one big WTF while I watch it and I kinda love it. Claire continues to suck. The feds continue to be incompetent.
-Revolution. I actually thought the episode was better than usual, but c'mon with the Neville getting free. Really? Miles and Charlie's mom making out? Charlie's mom trying to play mom all of a sudden?
-Cancelling Cult without bothering to air the last few episodes. It being canceled is no biggie. We all knew that was coming, but I like to see things through, so I would have loved to have seen the last few epis, for kicks and giggles.
-The fact that I don't even know what I've watched or if I even seen anything new or not because of all of these breaks. I don't know. I don't remember what I seen this week.
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Apr 15, 2013
Ah, crap! I totally forgot to include The Americans on my little FTW list. That was such a beautiful episode.
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Apr 14, 2013
Oops! I forgot a nice FTW for The Carrie Diaries! The show is something of a delight to watch. Finally a show, CW one at that, that focuses on teenagers that look and feel like real teenagers. They aren't parading around like thirty year olds in teen clothes. The finale was awesome. I loved it all. From the fall of the Kydd and Bradshaw romance (I'm still rooting for kids despite Sebastian's very unfortunate horrible choice of sleeping with Maggie), to the way in which Maggie devolved as a character but not in well written way...sleeping with her best friend's love interest because she's lonely and bitter, outing her ex bf,...even when she was at her worst in this episode, which was plenty of times, she still felt real, and came off as sympathetic because the girl is just lost. Mouse introducing her black bf to her very traditional, racist Korean parents. Walt coming to peace with who and what he is and even considering jumping into something with his mentor...Carrie's father trying to balance out his relationship with being a single dad and not trying to step on toes either way, and sweet Dorritt losing her virginity to an older boy whom I'd love to deem inappropriate, but comes off as likeable and dare I say a positive influence on her. Fantastic show.
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Apr 14, 2013
Did not expect to see Aku no Hana on here, least of all in the FTWs.
I hope more people watch Reaper, what a great show.
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Apr 16, 2013
I absolutely cannot watch Ray Wise in anything else without thinking of him as the devil, he so owned that role!
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Apr 15, 2013
Ya know, I liked Reaper but it just seemed to know it was doomed and quit trying near the end. There were some great episodes and then...
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Apr 14, 2013
I try to keep everyone on their toes.
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Apr 14, 2013
Is it just me or that flowers of evil has a peculiar resemblence to troy n abed?
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Apr 14, 2013
FTW: Krieger's weapon modification sequence.
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Apr 14, 2013
WTF: New Girl and Vampire Diaries being on break AGAIN
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Apr 14, 2013
FTW: Any show with an amazing ending. There aren't that many out there.
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Apr 14, 2013
WTF: Tv.com for thinking the worst episode ever of Community + an apparently mediocre Glee episode is FTW.........

FTW: Olenna and Margaery Tyrell on GoT
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Apr 14, 2013
FTW: Tatiana Maslany playing at last count six different roles (three episodes)
Sarah, Beth, German girl, soccer mum, Cosima, scar back.
In Orphan Black
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Apr 14, 2013
eight if you count Sarah as German girl and Sarah as Beth.
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Apr 14, 2013
FTW: SPARTACUS
about time Spartacus was acknowledged! Thank you Andy Daglas!

FTW: Southland!!

Seriously WTF is wrong with this site? You put 2 TWD non-tv listings (packaging and some special effects clip) as ftw. I get it~~you love TWD. Great show but sh*tty season. Total WTF.

WTF tv.com~~another "it didn't suck as bad as it usually sucks" for Glee like you did with the Cult the other week. Since when is "well, it wasn't as bad as it usually is or could be" a reason to be FTW???? It sounds like the Glee episodes sucked but since it was "edgy" and had a school shooting then it was ftw. I didn't see the show but based on the review and what is written in this article I am disappointed. Season 1 AHS had a powerful school shooting scene but many felt it was to "edgy".

FTW SPARTACUS
FTW ANDY DAGLAS
FTW SOUTHLAND
FTW ORPHAN BLACK
WTF this trend of saying something is ftw because it is less crappier then it usually is
WTF tv.com waiting until a season/series is over before giving it any of the accolades a show earns--like Banshee and Spartacus
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Apr 14, 2013
The Glee episode was excellent. MaryAnn did have a couple of small issues but they were pretty minor. It deserves the FTW.
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Apr 14, 2013
cool
I said I didn't watch it but based it on what was said on this site, including it's title "Glee stages a school shooting, doesn't completely f*ck it up "
doesn't completely fuck it up---makes me think it was another "it didn't suck as bad as it usually sucks"
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Apr 14, 2013
It in now way, shape or form deserves to be on the FTW list when compared to this weeks Southland episode.

It should probably be on the list instead of the 2 TWD merchandise items
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Apr 14, 2013
total WTF: 2 TWD merchandise items
the show is over but it's still on this list~~not once but twice in one week
not even for the show but for merchandise items? WTF!
does this site get kickbacks? maybe the reviewers here get free products/samples?? I can't figure it out

SOUTHLAND--total FTW
WTF--tv.com not reviewing Southland and continuing to ignore Southland's rightfully earned FTW status (numerous FTW scenes)
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Apr 15, 2013
Attn: tv.com

Thanks for responding TV.com but a merchandise item isn't a show and I thought this was for scenes on shows or maybe deaths of actors/comedians and the like. That fact that one isn't even available (merchandising item) really shouldn't be on here (and it's not a show) but that's just my opinion.

It's good to know that you read the comments and realize that one voice probably represents a certain percentage of voices. "Grumpy" and I aren't the only people that are concerned (merchandise for a show with the crappiest finale but super high ratings, FTWs for scenes of shows you admittedly say "doesn't completely f*ck it up" and something similar last week, waiting for vocal fans and the season/series finale before acknowledging shows [Banshee, Spartacus] that have no dull moments--awesome to many from episode one to the end....)

It's fine if it something had good packaging--awesome-- but to put it above an actual show is questionable--but it's all subjective. I thought the title was something like TV WEEK IN REVIEW.

I have to say, I really respect Cory's [BANSHEEEE!!!] and Andy's work and most if not all of the reviewers.

I understand you can't make everyone happy but come on, TWD finale (and season) basically sucked so for them to get 2 more spots on this page after the worst finale is bothersome. If no free gifts/kick-backs given then I apologize for questioning the site's integrity. It just seemed fishy to me but I can be cynical. Also it's not TV...it's a product. I didn't watch the clip so can't comment except to say I'm ticked off at TWD even though I will still watch it

Consider reviewing Southland (I fear this will be the last season--hmm, like you did with Spartacus despite the fact this site has numerous Spartacus fans), Orphan Black, Legit, and the Da Vinci's Demons. With Spartacus over, Cult canceled, and POI wrapping up soon, there should be openings--I assume whichever reviewer did BB in the past will get Breaking Bad but Andy and MaryAnn (she did a great job with Da Vinci) should have space for some of these other shows.

Sad~Legit's season ended before it could be reviewed. The "should I watch article" didn't convince me to watch but another respected commenter here suggested it and now I am hooked.

Sorry for the long response and any comments offensive to this site--but I'm a passionate fan and will stick up for my favorites which is a long list (Justified, which got dissed on the finale not being on the FTW list, POI, Legit, Archer which you often put on this list, and so many more--this comment is already long enough
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Apr 15, 2013
Hey Vicky and Grumpy, sorry you were so bothered by our Walking Dead FTWs. For the record, only one of them is "merchandise item"; the other is simply a video that highlights the show's special effects. And the DVD set isn't even available yet... we just thought the packaging was cool.

Re: Southland we're a little behind in watching the show, that's all. We'll certainly consider doing more reviews of it in the future; it's a case of so much TV, so little time, you know? But we do think very highly of it: http://www.tv.com/news/southlands-season-5-premiere-the-circus-you-probably-arent-watching-but-should-be-30617/
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Apr 14, 2013
That may all change for Southlands season finale......... or if the tv.com staff get their hands on some free Southland dvd's
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Apr 14, 2013
FTW:

Psych: Juliette finally figures it out, and the scene was perfect in every way.
Southland: Totally badass episode.
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Apr 14, 2013
REAPER REAPER REAPER.
OHMYGOD YES.
I mean, the reunion. I've already watched both seasons at least three times...but, that WAS about two years ago...certainly, it could do with a marathon...like right now...I am so happy. I am going to go hail satan or do some weird shit right now. Thank you, Universe. Thank you, FearNet.
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Apr 15, 2013
"or do some weird shit right now"
Can I come?
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Apr 15, 2013
Find but bring snacks.
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Apr 14, 2013
FTW:

Craig Ferguson's:
If you want something said... ask a man.
If you want something done... ask a woman.
If you want absolutely nothing said or done... ask a cat.

Love the joke; love that he cracked himself up with it while telling the joke.


I saw that Simpsons-Breaking Bad thing a few days ago -- I absolutely love it. They got the feel or BrBa's cooking montages and transitions pretty damn well. It also makes me want a cupcake.
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Apr 14, 2013
FTW: Juliette finds out in the worst, most painful way possible on Psych. Meanwhile, Lassiter gets a weird, hilarious bachelor party
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Apr 14, 2013
I Am SPARTACUS!
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Apr 14, 2013
I am SPARTACUS!
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Apr 14, 2013
Nathan for You is one of the funniest shows on TV right now. So glad you guys are mentioning it.
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Apr 14, 2013
Spartacus ending credit to The Rainmaker.

Big big FTW
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